EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

[ LA338 Spring01 ]

LA 338/Arch 372/UP 378 | Architecture  Landscape Architecture  Urban & Regional Planning  | University of Illinois
Course Outline                LA 236/338 Design Workshop                  Spring 2001
instructor:  gary kesler, fasla  ....   interim department head  ....  333-0176 ....g-kesler@uiuc.edu

Master Planning to enhance quality of life in
East St. Louis—
Lansdowne Neighborhood Revitalization

 
Course Objectives

The major objectives of this collaborative studio may be summarized as follows:

1.    Provide students with experience working in interdisciplinary teams to study and develop planning and design strategies for addressing real world issues.

2.    Introduce students to principles and practice of participatory planning and design.  Methods and techniques for engaging clients (in this case, the residents of Lansdowne) as equal partners in the planning process will be explored.

3.    Introduce students to key issues in community planning and neighborhood redevelopment and further develop skills in data collection, research, design and design implementation

4.    Enhance verbal, oral and graphic presentation skills.
 
Class Attendance

Class Meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

Architecture and Urban & Regional Planning workshops meet on a different schedule than LA typically uses for its design studios.  Arch 372 meets MWF 1:30 to 6:00 pm, UP 378 meets all day Friday.  You are asked to make special efforts to make our collaboration work, including an adjustment from our traditional meeting time.  Please let me know if this schedule causes you any special difficulties with other required or supporting elective classes.

You will be expected to attend every scheduled class period so that I can keep track of your progress.  A tentative semester schedule for the course is attached.  In addition, I expect you to meet with your team partners outside of class time and to make arrangements to meet me at non-class times as you feel necessary.

I will keep a record of attendance which will influence your final grade in the following manner:

1.  Four unexcused absences will result in one full grade reduction.

2.  An unexcused late arrival (after 1:30 unless otherwise determined) will be
counted as one-half of an absence.

3.  Excused absences will be granted for medical purposes or other reasons
approved in advance.
 
Grading
 Part 1:  Background Research, Principles of Neighborhood Planning and Design,
Review of 1992 Plan, Tool Development, Problem Definition 
Four weeks, 30% of final grade
Part 2: Analysis, Programming, Preliminary Planning and Design
Four weeks, 30% of final grade
Part 3: Design Development, Preparation of Final Presentation
Six weeks, 40% of final grade
A
(90-100%)
An outstanding performance in which the student demonstrates superior grasp of the subject matter, and an ability to go beyond the given material in a critical and constructive manner.  The student demonstrates a high degree of creative and/or logical thinking; a superior ability to organize, to analyze, and to integrate ideas; and a thorough familiarity with the relevant literature and techniques. 
B
(80-90%)
A good to very good performance in which the student demonstrates a thorough grasp of the subject matter, and an ability to organize and examine the material in a critical and constructive manner.  The student demonstrates a good understanding of the relevant issues and a solid familiarity with the relevant literature and techniques. 
C
(70-80%)
A fair performance in which the student demonstrates a general grasp of the subject matter and a moderate ability to examine the material in a critical and constructive manner.  The student displays an adequate understanding of the relevant issues, and a general familiarity with the relevant literature and techniques. 
D
(60-70%)
A poor performance in which the student demonstrates a minimal familiarity with the subject matter, but whose attempts to examine the material in a critical and constructive manner are inadequate.  The student displays minimal understanding of the relevant literature and techniques. 
F
(0-59%)
An inadequate performance.  Failure. 

Plus (+) will be applied to the student’s grade when the work exceeds the evaluation criteria of a grade level, but is still deficient in the criteria expected for the next highest grade level.

Minus (-) will be applied to the student’s grade when the work comes close to, but still has not reached, the evaluation criteria of a grade level.

The instructor will be available for appointments to discuss grades or other issues throughout the semester.  Grade sheets will be distributed after each phase is completed.
 
Course Schedule and Bibliography

For a preliminary course schedule for the semester and a listing of textbooks related to housing and neighborhood design, consult Professor Bob Selby’s syllabus for Arch 372.
 
Instructor Contact Information

Gary Kesler, FASLA
Associate Professor and Interim Head
Department of Landscape Architecture
101 Buell Hall
611 Taft Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-6921
Ph:  217.333.0176
Fx:  217.244.4568
Em: g-kesler@uiuc.edu